Journey to South Africa
September 25 – October 5, 2019
Sponsored by: South African Tourism & South African Airways.
Designed by Advantage International, LLC
Meals listed: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
September 25th: We will start our Journey to South Africa on South African Airways, Africa’s Most Awarded Airline with daily flights from the USA. We depart JFK on our overnight flight with meals. Advantage International staff member will be onboard with you. Meals in flight.
September 26th: Upon arrival at O. R. Tambo International Airport, clear Immigration and Customs and we will be met by our Johannesburg tour guides, who will escort us to the Michelangelo Hotel, located in the upscale suburb of Sandton. This luxurious five-star property will be home for our three-night stay in Johannesburg. Check in, refresh and join us as we enjoy the many cultural groups that makeup South Africa at Lesedi Cultural Village. This renowned village is located in the heart of the African bushveld, amid the rocky hills within the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site. You’ll discover the fascinating cultures and traditions of the people of Africa, visit five traditional homesteads inhabited by Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes who live according to tribal folklore and traditions of their ancestors. “Our culture is the light of our nation – whoever walks here amongst our culture s at Lesedi can also see the light.” Later enjoy an African dinner to fully Welcome you to South Africa. Meals: D
September 27th: After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we will meet you in the hotel lobby for your tour of Johannesburg to include Soweto, the Hector Pieterson Memorial of the 1976 Student Uprising and the home of Nelson Mandela including lunch. Return to the hotel and freshen up before the Joy of Jazz Festival, featuring top talent from around the world. Meals: B,L
September 28th: After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we will meet you in the hotel lobby and depart for the World-Famous Apartheid Museum. Later we will visit Lilliesleaf with lunch included. Later that evening return and enjoy the final night of the Joy of Jazz Festival. Meals: B,L
September 29th – October 1st: After enjoying breakfast at the hotel and completion of check out procedures, we will leave Johannesburg for a road trip to the Pilanesberg National Park and a two-night stay at the deluxe Ivory Tree Lodge, in the heart of the game park. In Pilanesburg you will enjoy life in the Game Park and the opportunity to see the “Big Five” as well as wild animals in a natural setting. Ivory Tree will be your home for the next two (2) nights. Meals: B,L,D
A typical day on safari consists of the following: Times and events subject to change.
5:00 a.m. Wake-up call
5:30 a.m. Morning game drive
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
1:00 p.m. Lunch
4:00 p.m. High tea
4:30 p.m. Sunset game drive
8:00 p.m. Dinner
October 1st: After breakfast and check-out, we will travel to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) for our scheduled flight to Cape Town. Our Cape Town guides will meet us at the airport and drive us to the Taj Cape Town. The Taj Hotel is a luxury 5 Star hotel set in the vibrant heart of Cape Town, offering guests a combination of refined hospitality and an authentic Cape Town experience.
Occupying two historic buildings, The TAJ retains the architecture and many meticulously restored interior features of the original South African Reserve Bank and the old BoE building –with magnificent views of the Mother City and Table Mountain. Meals: B
October 2nd: After breakfast, we will depart to visit Table Mountain and tour Cape Point and the Cape Peninsula. Lunch is included. Meals: B,L
By the late 1870’s, several of Cape Town’s more prominent citizens had suggested the introduction of a railway line to the top of Table Mountain. Plans to implement a proposed rack railway got under way but the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer war put a halt to these efforts. By 1912, with a strong desire to gain easy access to the top of Table Mountain, the Cape Town City Council commissioned an engineer to investigate the various options for public transport to the top. The new cableway was officially opened on October 4, 1997: the anniversary of the original launch, almost 70 years earlier.
Cape Point and Cape Peninsula Tour
This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point— perceived as the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. En route, we’ll see magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages.
The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the city center to Cape Point. We will travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbor with magnificent mountain views and beach. We’ll proceed through Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve.
After lunch at a nearby restaurant, we continue to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large African Penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. The Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat.
October 3rd: After breakfast we depart on an emotional journey to Robben Island, via ferry from the V&A Waterfront, home to Nelson Mandela for 18 of the 27 years he spent incarcerated. Then a free afternoon to explore the V&A Waterfront or Cape Town before you return to hotel on your own. This evening join us for our Farewell Dinner.
Formerly the site of a political prison and before that leper colony, this well-preserved historic landmark was recently established as a museum and national monument heralding the triumph of freedom, dignity and determination over humiliation and oppression. Experience the conditions of incarceration, view Nelson Mandela’s maximum-security prison cell (Cell 5), and see the lime quarries where he and many other prisoners later developed eye problems due to the sun’s reflection off the lime surfaces. While serving hard time, these quarries offered opportunities for prisoners to discuss strategy, freedom and the future.
“No easy road to freedom” was a central theme in most of the Mass Democratic Movement’s campaigns, from the early days through to the late 1980s. Any understanding of present day conditions in South Africa is greatly enhanced by looking at past injustice, the legacy of the struggle and the promise of reconstruction and development initiatives under way at present. Please note that on Robben Island, visitors’
movements are restricted, by regulation. We must stay with our guide. Robben Island is only accessible via designated Ferry and may be restricted or cancelled based on weather.
October 4th: Today after breakfast, luggage secured at the bus and check-out, we will return to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) for our overnight international flight home. Meals served onboard. Meals: B
October 5th: We will arrive in the U.S. at JFK International Airport and after immigration and customs you are home.
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Itinerary, times and events subject to change, you will be given actual departure time during the trip. Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before to avoid being left.
No Visa is required to visit South Africa.
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